What is omega-3?
Health Benefits of Omega-3
Some people might be skeptical at first and have some burning questions about this supplement:
Does omega 3 work?
What are the advantages of omega 3?
Well, read the article full on and most things are laid out for you!
Eating a diet rich in omega-3 is said to benefit the cardiovascular health, brain and nervous system health.
According to the Harvard Education site or HSPH, omega-3 fats may lower blood pressure and heart rate, improve blood vessel function and lower inflammatory triglycerides therefore lessening the probability of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries.
I think this is the most favoured benefits of taking omega 3, so far….
Lowered Risk of Prostate Cancer
According to Harvard Education HSPH, a study conducted by the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and others bared results that suggest that men whose diets are rich in the fatty acids EPA and DHA have demonstrated a lowered risk in developing advanced prostate cancer.
Good for the Brain
Omega-3s are said to be good for improving a child’s brain health and learning capacity. In an article from Mercola.com, there is a study from the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition in 2013 that corrobrates this, it stated that children who took omega-3 supplements when they were still infants scored higher in vocabulary and intelligence tests.
Omega-3 fats normalizes and regulates cholesterol levels
This refers to the triglycerides levels that causes inflammation in the body
Omega-3 Fights Metabolic Syndrome And Diabetes
This claim is discussed in detail by an article from Life Extension.com.
In the article it states that people who are said to have metabolic sydrome i.e., high blood pressure, have issues with glucose levels and lipid levels, or obese, are at risk of complications of these diseases. And omega-3s are helpful in lowering risks of inflammation or even stopping it.
Additional benefits of Omega-3s
In an article by Mercola.com, Omega-3 Benefits are the following:
May help with ADHD problems
cancers of the breast and colon
autoimmune diseases like lupus and nephropathy
Sources of Omega-3
You can get it from wild-caught Alaskan salmon and very small fish like sardines (recommended sources due to other sources have high mercury and toxins)
Fish Oil Supplements – a convenient alternative source for those who live fast lives or just hates the smell of fish.
This brand has added Vitamin E on it that helps with the benefits that you get along with the fish oil omega-3 fatty acid. This is rich in EPA and DHA.
I am fortunate enough to have tried their product, please see photos below
According to the womanshealthmag.com, here are some non FISH based sources:
100% Grass-fed or Green-fed beef and bison meat
Walnuts – said to be the most omega-3 high in content
Eggs – but the site says it has to be enriched variety. One must look for a label in them that says it is ‘enriched’
(I did not include the other sources or items mentioned in the article as I don’t agree with flaxseeds at all and edamame beans are soy so no no for me)
What are the risks of taking omega-3 fatty acids?
As per my online research, I found out that, according to WebMD.com, omega-3 fatty acid supplements might cause upset stomach or diarrhea.
So as with all supplements, one must research and ask the doctor about precautions.
Be careful not to get your omegas from farmed fish variety as they can contain a lot of chemicals from the way they are raised
Be sure to buy a omega-3 fish oil supplement brand that has no binders or fillers, gluten free, dairy free gel capsules
Krill oil seems to be getting a bad review so far so might best to stay away from it
I would stay away from Flax seeds for omega 3s, they are said to be high in omega-9s
Stay away from large fish like tuna as they have high mercury content
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